Master of Orion overlaps with Civilization insofar as you are the leader of one of several races. Technological advance, realm expansion and combat are all key elements. Where it differs is in being set in space.
The planet Orion itself is a lush, fertile planet with vast mineral resources. It is guarded by the Guardian - a powerful vessel which you have to defeat in order to plunder Orion's riches.
As you attempt to expand your empire, you will have to trade and steal technologies form rivals, again much like Civ. Your ships can be improved over the game, in terms of engine power, shields, cloaking devices and weapons, and different combinations of these can be integrated. Resource management is largely set using sliders, which reduces the amount of time spent on micro-management.
June 8, 2022 Subject:
Nice bit of nostalgia
Saving has been working fine for me.
February 13, 2020 Subject:
Still can't save or continue a game
It has been this way for more than a month now. I had been playing this game for years on this site but I can't now. There is no way to finish a game in one sitting so without the ability to continue games it is unplayable. That is very sad as this has always been my very favorite game....
January 25, 2020 Subject:
Game save not working
The data is now downloading but it will no longer save games between sessions. Is the site no longer saving cookies?
January 16, 2020 Subject:
Love this game but now getting this error message
"Failed to download game data". I have been playing this game for years but now I get this message.
February 12, 2019 Subject:
Note on anti-piracy thingie
I found out that if you dont do the ship selector thingie correctly it will eventually freeze up the controls, it did this when i had defeated the guardian and started building an advanced fleet.
August 17, 2016 Subject:
Browser must save game to disk, tmp cache of browser. Than you can save position on your disk too. Look on cache, find file of random letter name with size about 5.3MB (as package for dosbox). This is ZIP file. Rename, unpack. Download dosbot emulator. You can play without browser.
Game have this problems
- races start near other races
- on begin, lot of races have non-agresion pact and can fly long range colony ship (automatic with you, but you not have)
- on hard level+ is better race klackon than other
- Ameoba create Radiated, not can remove name, but work as terain after atmosphere teraform
- Advanced space scener + Hyperspace comunication, you can send transport fist to your colony, then you can change to fly to unknown system :) Good, if, you have Sacras + advanced cloning.
Better is Masters of Orion 2
May 30, 2016 Subject:
Very Cool Game
Would love to save the Progress somewhere to Play it from different machines.
November 6, 2015 Subject:
Great game. Haven't been able to play this DOS game for many years. Thanks to this site for bring back one of best games ever created.
June 2, 2015 Subject:
Just click on any picture of ship you wish. No need to get the correct one.
Love this game! I was addicted to it in 1993 and now I am again 22 years later. Annoying anti-piracy gimmick of identifying the ships aside, this was bar none the best game of its era and it launched an entire genre of games.
I am so happy to see internet archive with it!
January 28, 2015 Subject:
January 17, 2015 Subject:
Master of Orion
You are the leader of one of several races set in space.
Technological advance, realm expansion and combat are all key elements. Guarded by the Guardian - a powerful vessel which you have to defeat : The planet Orion itself is a lush, fertile planet with vast mineral resources.
You will have to trade and steal technologies form rivals as you attempt to expand your empire.
Ships can be improved with engine power, shields, cloaking devices and weapons, and different combinations of these can be integrated.